Is there anything Brendan Gleeson can't do?
When you see Brendan Gleeson in the line-up for a talk show, you assume that he will be promoting a new film or play but his appearance on Friday night's edition of The Late Late Show was very different and very special.
The reason for Gleeson's appearance was a commendable one as he joined Ryan Tubridy to raise awareness for and promote the fundraising efforts of St Francis Hospice.
The 65-year-old also spoke with wonderful poise on the current Covid-19 pandemic and discussed the importance of affording very ill people a dignified death.
Gleeson even brought along his son, Fergus, for a rare musical performance on live television and the pair received Garda clearance to appear in studio.
The Dublin-born actor belted out a fantastic version of A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man, adding a gorgeous melody on his dulcimer to Fergus' guitar accompaniment.
Gleeson was pressed for another song before bidding Tubridy farewell and he didn't need a second invitation, breaking out his mandolin for another stunning tune.
Viewers were not only blown away by Gleeson's talent but also with the way that he spoke so well at a time when the country needed to hear a reassuring voice.
What a wonderful Irish man Brendan Gleeson is. Nobody better on the world stage could represent us.
— TD (@_JTD28) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson was a breath of fresh air on Ireland's national tv this evening. They should get him to do the evening news now we have him back home and not doing movies..#BrendanGleeson #LockdownExtended @rte #LateLateShow
— Just Frank (@bluredfrank) April 11, 2020
Could have watched #BrendanGleeson for hours! So sad & true, my own dad passed away last Nov. St. Francis Hospice Blanch were truly amazing, donating now #LateLateShow #SaveLives #savelivesstayhome https://t.co/Rbnuevuz51
— Karen Collins (@KcollinsKaren) April 11, 2020
— 𝙘𝙮𝙗𝙚𝙧_𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙫𝙚 (@ni_cur) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson is a class act. the music is gorgeous but what he said about the professionalism of nurses/doctors is true, it is staggering. I watched them up close and personal for the last few years and I am in awe. we owe them a great dept! #StayHomeSaveLifes #LateLateShow
— Deirdre O'Kane (@DeirdreOKane1) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson. Zero ego. Incredible talent. True class. #LateLateShow
— Oliver Callan (@olivercallan) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson plays a very good Mandolin. pic.twitter.com/FlFJwPG74k
— Electroboy (@PFQMUSIC) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson singing a pint of plain is your only man on the late late show.. I cannot stress this enough, he must be protected at all costs pic.twitter.com/QRWVarx6a3
— Kate Gilmore (@_kategilmore) April 10, 2020
Fair play Brendan Gleeson, hospices are amazing #LateLateShow. Having sat with a relation dying in a care home and also another in hospice, I’d rather be in a hospice for the attention to detail and pain management. They are so set up for it. Amazing service
— kodomonster (@kodomonster) April 10, 2020
If you don’t like Brendan Gleeson then I don’t like you #LateLateShow
— Kate // Silence is Betrayal (@ticketstocolson) April 10, 2020
@RTELateLateShow who knew Brendan Gleeson what a talent !! Just donated to the hospice fantastic charity ❤
— Jude (@Jude66028865) April 10, 2020
Brendan Gleeson, Always one of my favorite actors, raw talent & always down to earth ❤️ #latelateshow
— Katie Barry (@KatieBarry_) April 10, 2020